12 Days of Christmas

Christmas can be an expensive time of year and this year’s Holiday Season may be particularly impacted.

Against the backdrop of families unable to spend Christmas with many of their loved ones, there is one tradition that can offer both Christmas cheer at a reasonable cost. A family picture with Santa!

To explain, we reacquaint you with one of the Holiday Season’s most beloved Christmas carol, “The 12 Days of Christmas”… and economics.

Didn’t see that coming, did you?

Before your eyes glaze over, read on!

You remember the song. The one that you sang at every Christmas gathering since you were old enough to count on your fingers? The one that usually digressed when Uncle George added his own verses and Mum covered your ears?

Well, the song was cheekily adopted as an economic indicator to monitor yearly increases by costing out each gift from the Christmas carol. Hence, it was named the Christmas Price Index.

Why the Christmas Price Index?

Since 1984, this tongue-in-cheek approach has tracked the costs of each item included in the “The Twelve Days of Christmas” carol. It is then used to compared the cost of living increases every year.

So, how has the cost of living increased compared to say, the 1990’s?

♫ On the first day of Christmas ♪♫

The 12 Days of Christmas showcases a list of progressively more extravagant gifts as the song progressed From a Partridge in a Pear Tree to 12 Drummers Drumming, this is how much your “True Love” would have to spend this Christmas compared to 1995.

Partridge in a Pear Tree.
2020 Price $293
1995 Price $46
Four Calling Birds.
2020 Price $836
1995 Price $390
Seven Swans-A-Swimming.
2020 Price $18,296
1995 Price (No change)
Ten Lords-A-Leaping.
2020 Price $14,000
1995 Price $4,046
Two Turtle Doves.
2020 Price $418
1995 Price $138
Five Golden Rings.
2020 Price $1150
1995 Price $453
Eight Maids-A-Milking.
2020 Price $80
1995 Price $38
Eleven Pipers Piping.
2020 Price $3,832
1995 Price $1,044
Three French Hens.
2020 Price $254
1995 Price $21
Six Geese-A-Laying.
2020 Price $585
1995 Price $209
Nine Ladies Dancing.
2020 Price $10,528
1995 Price $2,107
Twelve Drummers Drumming.
2020 Price $4,143
1995 Price $1,129

Cost of Christmas for your true love in the ‘90s vs today

Should your True Love decide that, for some inexplicable reason, his/her love is best represented by gifts valuable in the 18th century, today he or she would have to spend upwards of $54,000.

This is up from $22,000 in the 1990’s – a whopping 145% increase!

What does this have to do with Santa Photo Experiences?

Although most of us usually end up with a budget hangover after Christmas, we offer an option to consider this year.

A family picture with Santa Claus is a Christmas tradition with various applications that won’t break the bank.

Since 1995, Scene to Believe has been offering Christmas memories to Australians with our quality Santa Photo Experiences.

And, our price for a Santa picture has only increased from $13.95 to $20.95 in 25 years – a relatively marginal increase compared to the list above!

Christmas Family Photos

Christmas can be expensive, but a picture with Santa is a great holiday tradition and an inexpensive way to connect with family and friends over the holidays. A framed picture of you and your family is a great Christmas present for those who may be absent or away such as grandparents or other family members.

We also use the very latest in digital photography technology and software for professional digital images. These images can then be used for social media and digital communication to connect with family and friends close and far.

Make it a fun photo experience for the whole family!

This year, we encourage families to bring their creative props or costumes to the photoshoot like matching pyjamas, ugly sweaters, and hand-made signs.

Don’t forget, we also have options for family pictures with your pet!

We highly recommend to pre-book (although this year pre-booking will be mandatory). This will mitigate unforeseen waiting times.

Luckily Santa photography around Australia is available from early November. So, plan ahead! We recommend off-peak times such as earlier in the Christmas season.

Book soon as dates are booking out quickly. See your closest location for your Santa Picture.

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